President's Holiday Messages

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Earth Day and Arbor Day: President’s video

President Kavalhuna and Linda Brandt talk about the history and meaning of Earth Day and Arbor Day, and what we can do to support sustainability and create a better environment for all.
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Passover: President’s video

In this video, President Kavalhuna and Corinne Asher talk about the history and meaning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Asher's parents were Holocaust survivors, which makes the holiday even more special to her.
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Holy Week, Good Friday, and Easter

President Kavalhuna shares his reflections on the high Holy Days of the Christian year.
Photo of lamps and Ramadan commemorative items

Ramadan and Eid al Fitr: President’s video

In this video made in 2022, President Kavalhuna, HFC Trustee Adel Mozip, and IEMP Coordinator Nicholas Paseiro talk about the meaning of Ramadan and Eid al Fitr.
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Black History Month: President’s video

President Kavalhuna and HFC alumna Alanna Grace Marie Schwartz talk about the meaning of Black History Month.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (text) and an image of the MLK monument on the National Mall.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna talks about the meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in our community and in his own life.
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Kwanzaa: President’s Video

In this 2021 presentation, President Kavalhuna shares his reflections on the Kwanzaa holiday. A special presentation by HFC student Alanna Grace Marie Schwartz follows.
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Christmas, Advent, Epiphany: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna and HFC student Sterling Lester share their reflections on the Christmas holiday (including Advent and Epiphany).
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President’s Holiday Video 2023

President Kavalhuna and a special guest share reflections on the importance of a welcoming community, and wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season. (Related content about Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah is also included.)
Hanukkah image, "Happy Hanukkah"

Hanukkah: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna and Corinne Asher share the background and meaning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
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Thanksgiving: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna shares his reflections on how listening and connecting can make Thanksgiving -- and the world -- better for everyone.
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Diwali: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna and Vinita Parekh share their reflections on this five-day festival celebrated in India and throughout the world.
Veterans Day graphic: Thank you, Veterans | Honoring all who served

Veterans Day: President’s Video and Veterans Court

We celebrate Veterans Day with videos from President Kavalhuna, student veterans, Trustee Roxanne McDonald, and Judge Gene Hunt, who founded the Veterans Court.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna and Sara Gonzalez-Herrera talk about the history and meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: President’s Video

President Kavalhuna and John Michael Sefel share the background and meaning of the 10 Jewish High Holy Days.
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22 years after 9/11: bringing out the best in each other

President Kavalhuna reflects on the meaning of 9/11. Being our best selves honors the legacy of sacrifice and unity. “This College stands on the promise that every student – at any age, from any background, with any dream – can succeed and have a better life through public education.”
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Independence Day

Reflections on the meaning of Independence Day. This is part of the HFC President's Holiday Series.
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Eid al Adha

Reflections on the meaning of the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. This video is part of the HFC President’s Holiday Series.
Illustration of a woman wearing colorful clothing and holding her arms up in celebration; Juneteenth, Freedom Day text

Juneteenth: President’s video

President Kavalhuna, HFC student Kalimah Gardner, and HFC Admissions Recruiter La Mar Harris share the history and personal meaning of the Juneteenth holiday.
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Happy Pride Month!

Henry Ford College welcomes all members of our community and provides support and resources to create an inclusive community.
Memorial Day graphic with red, white, and blue and Memorial Day Remember and Honor text

Memorial Day: President’s video

President Kavalhuna and HFC staff member Juanita Van Raden talk about the history and meaning of Memorial Day and how we can honor those who gave their lives in service to our nation.
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Feliz (Happy) Cinco de Mayo

President Kavalhuna shares his reflections on this international holiday.
Arab American Heritage Month

Arab American Heritage Month: President’s video

President Kavalhuna and Sam Bazzi talk about the meaning of Arab American Heritage Month.
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Holy Week and Easter: President’s video

President Kavalhuna and Lorraine Paffenroth talk about the history and meaning of Holy Week and Easter.